Hi Edgeworth66 ~
Your question about the labour dispute at RM is a good one, and in fact does affect the travelling public. Although the comments can't get into the pros and cons of the labour dispute, it seems fair to me to provide information so that travellers to BC can make informed decisions about their proposed train travel.
A year ago, Rocky Mountaineer locked out their employees. The employees continue to be employees of RM but are locked out. Those who are doing the work are replacement workers, in the simplest of terms, although it is much more complicated than that under Labour Relations Code here. If RM operated just in BC it would be illegal to hire replacement workers. Because they cross a provincial boundary, they can follow Federal law which says they can hire replacement workers. There is no incentive for the company to bargain a collective agreement. So the dispute continues.
This issue is not so much about is the service better or worse, is the food better or worse, is the commentary better or worse. It is probably much more serious than that as it's about crossing a line. Our own lines that we stand up for, the law's lines, the picket lines, political lines. And those cannot be advised or discussed here on TA. It is fair, however, to inform the travelling public about the labour dispute so they can make their own decisions.
I am not associated with RM in anyway. I keep up by following the news and some of the Federation news feeds, and trying to be aware of labour code here in BC.
Edited: 12:42 am, May 04, 2012